The 64th meeting of the Syndicate of Government College University Lahore was held here at the University’s Postgraduate Block, which approved new degree programmes including LLB (Hons), BFA (Painting), BS (Management Studies), MPhil (Disaster Management) and PhD (Geography).
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Asghar Zaidi chaired the meeting which was attended by around 15 honourable members. Eminent civil rights activist Hina Jilani and noted academician Prof. Sajida Haider Vandal attended the meeting online.
Members of Punjab Assembly Ms Shawana Bashir and Mr Khurram Ijaz Chatta, Home Economics University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Kanwal Ameen, Lahore Board Chairman Dr Mirza Habib, Institute of Industrial Biotechnology (IIB) Director Dr Nouman Aftab and faculty deans were present at the meeting also attended by the representatives of Higher Education, Finance and Law & Parliamentary Affairs departments.
The participants confirmed the minutes of previous meetings and highlighted the need for more frequent Syndicate meetings. They also approved the University’s annual budget for the fiscal year 2021-22 and appreciated that the GCU budget of the previous academic year was in surplus. Further, recommendations of the 29th meeting of the GCU Finance and Planning Committee were endorsed by the Syndicate members after a detailed discussion.
The meeting also consented to the recommendations of the 24th and 25th meetings of the GCU Academic Council, which included the establishment of new institutes, departments and a centre, besides the new academic programmes.
The Syndicate members appreciated the steps taken for bringing evening programmes at par with the morning programmes and approved new admissions criteria and zero semester policy.
The honourable Syndicate members also approved the recommendations of the various selection boards of faculty and administrative positions after due deliberations. They also approved new criteria for hiring the senior faculty.
Concluding the meeting, the Syndicate members appreciated the reforms and initiatives taken by the University.
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Zaidi expressed gratitude to the Syndicate members for their valuable input and interest in academic and administrative matters. The members showed confidence and assured the Vice-Chancellor of their full cooperation in bringing about new initiatives and reforms.